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Old 09-13-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Saltwater aquarium ignorant - help!

I have had a 55 gallon freshwater tank for my cichlids for many, many years and am pretty confident in my abilities to maintain a healthy freshwater tank. I just purchased a new 55 gallon tank on the weekend that I have started setting up for saltwater. I have live sand in it, enough instant ocean salt to have a salinity of 1.023. I have a GLO T5 HO dual light with marine bulbs and am cycling the water with a Fluval 305 cannister filter system. I plan on having both coral and fish in my tank. I am unsure as to the next step. My pet store has just started getting in saltwater supplies and fish, so they are learning as well. I have read that I will need a protein skimmer, but am unsure what they do and what is the best brand to buy. I don't even know what type of corals or fish I should buy after my tank has cycled. HELP!

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Old 09-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #2
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to AA! You should post your questions in the saltwater section to get better replys on that. Hope you enjoy

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Welcome to AA! Hope you like the site so far!
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Welcome! Post all your questions in the saltwater section, you'll get more views there.

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Welcome to AA and as already stated if you open threads in more appropriate sections you'll get more responses. With a dual bulb t5 though you will be limited to mostly softies or nps. Try going to liveaquaria.com and browse their site for your stock list since they have pretty accurate information on requirements for all their livestock.
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